South African Landscape #11 – Collectors Limited Edition Prints

South African Landscape #11

Koppie | Sandstone Necklace – Collectors Print: Limited Edition

South African Landscape #11 – Collectors Limited Edition Prints.  Black & White Photograph of Sandstone koppie, Ladybird, SA. Part of a Vintage Film Collection “Shadows Over Stones”.

About this piece

2005 – Ladybrand, South Africa

Country Folk

About 20 kilometers out of Ladybrand the power steering on my Pajero went dead – It was my cambelt. I dread moments like these, especially that day, as there was beautiful cloud build-up towards Clocolan, where the koppie I called Caesar’s Head lay – a missed opportunity. Eventually I got hold of a garage that said, they would get to me in the next couple of hours. Two hours is a long time, but not for country folk in Ladybrand.

African Princess

I stood there in silence, listening to the murmurings of the cicadas in the light wind and the birds singing their lyrical nocturnes. In front of me, erect and proud, stood a sandstone part mudstone koppie, in a vast 360-degree expanse of veld. In the distance, along the horizon, koppies hid behind shadows. A thin sandstone necklace that wound around her neck like an African Princess, accentuated the gentle flowing curves of this sandstone mudstone koppie.

Fertile Soil

Sheep were wandering down her slopes towards the waiting hands of their volk minders. Dassies like foraging ants, scoured the rock face. The wind rustled the tufted climax grass, bunched up in clumps. By the fence, a farmer’s plough had recently furrowed the rich fertile soil, leaving a trail of clumped earth. The fragrant, sweet-scented soil smelt of garlic, dried wood and no doubt the residue of the disturbed worms that lived beneath.

Setting Sun

Looking westwards, I saw Nimbus clouds hurrying towards me. The first to arrive, decided they belonged on the koppie’s head. Many more joined the solitary cloud. The setting sun created a halo around her head – she was now the queen of the African veldt.

Steam Locomotive

Like a thief, the leaden sky had stolen the light from the day, casting shadows deep into the rocks. Bellows and bellows of clouds puffed up above the koppie. Nimbus looked black as soot, casting herself around and towards the next horizon. Now she looked more like a Garratt steam locomotive parked, waiting for the train conductor to blow the whistle, so she could make her journey through this part of Africa.

Magical Moment

Solitary moments like this, cast a spell. Sometimes I’d stand all day waiting for the picture to compose itself. I was in another world. To be here, sharing this magical moment with nature. Without knowing, the camera shutter went off, my fingers to close to the button. The spell had been broken. Then the tow-truck arrived.

Photographing with Film

The authentic nature of photographing on film is the graining that is produced in its reproductions. However this is a genuine representation of when capturing images on a Hasselblad XPan panoramic film camera.

This Black & White Vintage Film Collection “Shadows Over Stones”, was originally exhibited at Nedbank, Waterfront, Cape Town in 2012.

South African Landscape #11 - Collectors Limited Edition Prints


Collectors Print: Limited Edition #02

Black & White printed on Ilford Baryta paper: 315 g/m² silk finish with a 2 cm white boarder around image. Authentication Label on back of print including a printed signature of the Photographer.  Supplied within a protective photographic sleeve. Authentication Certificate included with each print purchase.

This is a unframed print.

Overall Print Size – 58 cm x 24 cm (54 cm x 20 cm image size).

Total number of Prints available in this Limited Edition print run – 10 off.

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Find out more about the Photographer: Mike Rossi

Also can be found at: www.mikerossi.co.za

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